Product Type: Fujifilm digital cameras
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Great starting point, but bulky
Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR
Member Name: RealHuman
Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR
Advantages: Great entry level device, AA batteries
Disadvantages: Bulky (but then which one isn't), badly chosen AA batteries will make you run out of juice
This device is something of an enigma, a lot of features, a lot of techincal capabilities and for those high quality shots in all conditions, it needs a capable user.
Trying non-defaults can easily land a novice in a situation where the pictures are not coming out correctly, so end up doing a reset to factory defaults and everything was back to normal.
The picture quality is exquisite, well for a bridge camera it is pretty good. Of course this cannot be compared with a Canon EOS 1D, but in it's range I will give it a 8.5 out of 10.
BeingSensible: Again, as with everything get your expectations right and don't fight with the device. It is designed to provide a certain quality and my camera gives me exactly that. But when I need real high quality pics I get my friend to help me. ;-) .. after all what are friends for :P
Ok. so the bad point: Bulky. Kids + Luggage (+ Wife) + Camcorder + THIS can be a bit of a burden on holiday I usually end up leaving this over the Sony Camcorder. I know that means it is not as HQ pics, but I get about 8 MegaPixel photos and a video in a small package.
BeingSensible: Think what you want the camera for. I love owning my camera as that allows me to be creative in my spare time, and on certain special occasions. But I have other cameras to use in practical situations for e.g. I won't want to hang this around my neck at a party ;-)
BeingSensible: This has AA batteries .. perfect when you are in countries like India. Hot weather can often hamper recharge capacities/abilities (my iPhone didn't charge up due to too much hear !!!). But AA batteries are available everywhere :-) and if you run out of juice from rechargeable ones, AAs are lightweight, reusable and practically available everywhere even at gas stations :-)
Overall a pretty sweet deal. But be sensible with your purchase.
Summary: Overall a pretty sweet deal. But think why you need this before purchasing.
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